Places to Visit: The Ranganathaswamy Temple @ Magadi

Magadi is about 50 kms from Bangalore and makes for a nice weekend drive. There are quite a few sights on the way, including the Thippagondanahalli Reservoir, an old fort in the town and also the Ranganathswamy temple just outside the town.

T.G. Halli supplies drinking water to 20 per cent of the city and entry from the main gate is restricted. But the backwaters can be approached from outside Magadi Town. You might need to be a resourceful to find the entrance, but it’s worth it!

The Ranganathaswamy temple @ Magadi

On the way to Magadi, in a field beside the road you will see four inscripted pillars, now left untended and open to the ravages of nature. They’re in need of some care but I don’t think much is being done. There are also the Kalya caves in the outskirts.

One of the friendly priests in the temple

“Spread the word about the temple,” said one of the priests. He said that not many people know about the temple and they would like more people to visit. He did a special pooja and showed us a statue of Vishnu, which he says has been growing a little every year and coming out from the stone. Even if you don’t believe it, just the sheer convictions of their beliefs makes you want to believe in miracles!

Another view of the temple

Getting there: You can get to Magadi via Magadi Road. The drive should take you about an hour and a half.

A few links:
Deccan Herald

A view of the TG Halli Reservoir

4 Comments so far

  1. Rajesh (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 11:22 am

    Nice post! must go location!! like the photo of the priest!

  2. Naren (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

    Tooooo Good Anitha.. There are many places yet to be Featured around Namma Bengalooru. In and Around magadi road itself you can find savanadurga, Big Aladha Mara, manchenbele Dam(Awesome I recomend it), Kanva reservoir on Mysore road, Pearl Valley(muthyala madavu) near anekal, Markandaiah Betta Beyond Hosakote,……… The list goes on. Any fellow bloggers can Visit and write about the above places.

    The Ranganathaswamy Temple at Magadi is good. I will try once. Same kind of temples near Chikballapur are Rangasthala, minakanaGurki Maheshwari temple, Vidurashwatha near Gowribidanuru, yogavana Hills, Vishranthi Dham, on Kanakapura Road…… Etc.

  3. sln (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 1:57 am

    I wish I had known about this temple when I rode to Magadi. T.G.Halli, I paid 20Rs to the security and went inside but that was almost 2 years back.


  4. Mytri (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 2:17 am

    Very nice. Amazing that we hardly know anything of our own backyards while we can probably spout all kinds of information about far away lands. Thanks guys for all these posts. All of us are really enjoying reading up and dreaming of visiting them. The places are being written down faithfully in our little ‘black’ books :-)

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